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Perrotin presents at K11 MUSEA: Servitudes by Jesper Just

Touching on society’s obsession with youth and beauty, Jesper Just’s film Servitudes explores the tension between femininity and autonomy amidst larger capitalistic and commodifying structures.



A young woman, played by Dree Hemingway, sits alone in an office eating a raw ear of corn. Her hands are secured by Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) devices, which both aid and hinder her ability to eat. A symbolic nod to the disparity between one's identity and one’s socially constructed image, the woman’s interactions with the audience waver between flirtation and apathy, exposing the compromising representations by which the female gender is portrayed.



As Just explains, “Servitudes is not an individual but a construct, the embodiment of a social mechanism. She cannot criticise a system whose existence inherently begets her existence. This tension is expressed in her actions—as she eats the corn, her hands are restrained. Even the corn itself relates back to the social system—a world of GMOs and capital gain. She too is modified, manipulated, a pawn in a power play that is both hidden and transparent.”

Servitudes premiered at Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2015. It was also shown on the screens of Times Square in New York, and is now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.



Actress: Dree Hemingway

Music: Frédéric Chopin, Prelude Op. 28 No. 17 in A Flat Major



Jesper Just (b. 1974, Denmark) has shown extensively around the world, representing Denmark at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in notable institutions including Museo Anahuacalli (Mexico City), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), West Den Haag (The Hague), Des Moines Art Center (Des Moines), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead), ARoS (Aarhus), and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul) as well as at Performa 15, a biennial of visual arts performance, in Times Square (New York).



Just’s work can be found in the public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Tate Modern (London), Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (Helsinki), Musée d’Art Moderne (Luxembourg), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), the Danish National Gallery (Copenhagen), Arken Museum (Ishøj), ARoS (Aarhus), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Humlebæk), and Heart Herning Museum of Contemporary Art (Herning), among many others.



Jesper Just

Servitudes (film still), 2015

2K video

Duration: 9′00”

Courtesy the artist and Perrotin



Please visit www.perrotin.com for more information on its gallery space on 8/F of K11 ATELIER.

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